I’m a pretty big Michael Jackson fan. The reports today of his cardiac arrest and his death are heartbreaking. He’s an entertainer like no other and has a songwriting ability that only a few have and a voice like no one in history. I know some people that have worked with him and they say he was an unbelievable musician and quite a guy.
Whether you think he’s weird or great, he was an epic talent and that’s undeniable. Truly this historic day is a sad one for those of us that appreciate great artistry!
Are you a fan? What is it about M.J. that you really dig? Seriously, how big of a bummer would it be to have lost the King of Pop today?
Posted in Art and Culture, Music News
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Click the picture below and go read Promises thoughts on our wedding. I think she did an awesome job explaining and articulating how special this day was for us. Make sure to leave a comment over there too!
Posted in My Life
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Today is one of those days where you remember the precious gift of your very breathe. I write this note as I’m just about to go to bed on this Friday the 13th, 2009 (a little weird). As I was winding down tonight the news popped on with a story and reported that a commercial plane had just gone down in the Buffalo, New York area. Oddly enough, I flew today and I also had 2 friends flying in to New York this evening too.
Immediately, when i heard the news of the crash, I had that ‘oh wow, what if that was their plane’ feeling. That’s a heart wrenching moment when your not expecting it. I shot out a text to my buddies right away and awaited a response. I finally got one back just a few minutes later. They had made it safe. Praise God!
The irony of the story is that I flew today too and so did 49 other people. The difference is for those 49 people their news wasn’t in favor of tomorrow for them. Their news was met with unexpected tragedy. For the friends and families of those lost in this wreckage it’s the beginning of a process of hurt, pain and restoration. My heart breaks for those people who now have to walk this painful journey of loss because of today. If you’re a friend or family of one of the victims and you’re reading this right now, just know you’re being prayed for in these days.The beautiful thing is that, if we’re willing to find it, there is great beauty in our brokenness. It’s actually a place where our relationship to God can become so simply, yet, articulately intimate.
This incident reminds me, as I get ready to shut my eyes for the night, that my days on this earth are numbered and I want to live my life in the fullness of who Gods made me to be in the Kingdom. While I have this life, I want to love well, play hard, work hard, cry hard, serve well and be an agent of change well!
I needed this unexpected reminder tonight. I’m bummed for the way I’m reminded, in the midst of this tragedy, but, I’m reminded that I want my life to count for great things here and now! What a hope I have in Jesus though. It’s a hope that rings out the anthem, as Louie Giglio says, that ‘even in death we win’ when we’re on the mission with Jesus. May my life reflect Him more today in this reminder and may the peace of God hug these families/friends so close as they wonder how to get through today.
Let us not forget:
Genesis 3:19 – Remember, O man, that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return
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I had a fantastic, short, dialogue today with my friend CJ Casciotta who is on staff at ConversantLife.com (the blog that I write for). He asked me a couple questions and I responded and I’ll show you the dialogue in just a second. I’d love to hear from you though. What are the reasons that you blog? Do you blog or do you just read them? If you’re just a reader, what blogs do you find to be the most intriguing and why?
Here was a bit of the dialogue we had today:
CJ: what do u think about the whole blogosphere and why are ministry leaders taking the lead on it?
BW: i think it’s one of the fastest growing ways of communicating life and it’s twists and turns in the most viral way. i also think for church leaders it is another stream for people to know them at a whole new level and it creates an authentic interactive bridge into their lives. in the old hat of church world it was acceptable not to really ‘know’ your pastors, but, this next generation is almost demanding a deeper level of connection with their church leaders. they desperately want to know that we’re not plastic. they want to see our scars. they need to see that we wrestle with things and that we actually aren’t that different from normal human beings and the blog world is ONE innovative stream to that reality.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?
Posted in Church Talk, My Life
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